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Work: The Trojans (Les Troyens)

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ViennaLes TroyensNew production

Berlioz: The Trojans (Les Troyens)
Alain Altinoglu; Sir David McVicar; Vienna State Opera; Es Devlin; Moritz Junge; Joyce DiDonato; Brandon Jovanovich

ParisLes TroyensNew production

Berlioz: The Trojans (Les Troyens)
Philippe Jordan; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Opéra de Paris; Elena Zaytseva; Stéphanie d'Oustrac; Michèle Losier
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Horse and Carthage: The Trojans in Nuremberg

Katrin Adel (Didon) and Mirko Roschkowski (Énée) © Ludwig Olah
A typically thought-provoking production of The Trojans from Calixto Bieito combines with a thrilling musical performance to compensate for a heavily fileted version of Berlioz's magnum opus.
****1
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“Gloire à DiDonato”: Les Troyens in Strasbourg

Joyce DiDonato and John Nelson © Gregory Massat
Nothing is better than when Berlioz ramps up the decibels. With a huge orchestra and choir and a deluxe starry cast assembled in Strasbourg, this was a special performance. 
*****
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Troy Story: Les troyens in Hamburg

Torsten Kerl (Énée) © Hans Jörg Michel (2016)
A musically strong revival of an austere production still leaves one feeling short-changed.
***11
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Massive set overshadows the Lyric Opera's Les Troyens

Les Troyens © Todd Rosenberg
This production, directed by Tim Albery and with sets and costumes by Tobias Hoheisel, boasts more than one megastar.
***11
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McVicar's Les Troyens arrives in San Francisco

The Trojan Horse © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Staging the operatic behemoth that is Berlioz's Les Troyens comes with huge challenges to harness the artistic, technical and dramatic qualities in a work which spans more than four hours. 
***11
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